Governor Shumlin: Reversing the trend of rising incarceration rates

first_imgby Governor Peter Shumlin For most of the last two decades, Vermont’s prison inmate population has been rising. Between 1997 and 2008, it grew by 86 percent. Projections made in 2007 said that Vermont’s inmate population would grow to 2,619 by November 2015. After years of work to reform Vermont’s criminal justice system that trend has been reversed, and today Vermont has 1,734 inmates, 885 less than projected.When I first ran for Governor I made reforming the criminal justice system a priority because it is the right thing to do. I also said doing so would save us money and allow us to invest in things early childhood education, which we know to reduce the likelihood that someone will land in jail later in life.The math is simple: It costs a staggering $62,000 per year to lock up an inmate in Vermont. Had the projections from 2007 proved correct, Vermont taxpayers would have been on the hook for another 885 inmates. By reversing the trend on incarceration rates, we are saving Vermont taxpayers tens of millions of dollars.Instead of continuing down the path of rising incarceration rates and spending massive amounts of money to lock people up, we are taking a different path. Next year, Vermont will become the first state in America to guarantee access to pre-k education to every three and four year old. That’s progress and a much better use of taxpayer money.How’d we reverse the trend of rising incarceration rates? By taking meaningful steps to create a more rational criminal justice system and working with leaders like Bennington County Senator Dick Sears, Chittenden County States Attorney TJ Donovan, and many others on the cutting edge of criminal justice reform.Together, we launched a War on Recidivism to help inmates successfully transition back into their communities and reduce recidivism rates. After identifying opiate addiction as a one of the most pressing challenges facing our state and the entire country, we’re now offering treatment instead of jail to low-level, non-violent offenders suffering from addiction. To help Vermonters move on with their lives and become productive members of our communities, we also expanded Vermont’s expungement law to help past offenders with good behavior clear their records and eliminated criminal penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana.The state is also leading by example by “banning the box” on job applications. By removing questions about criminal records from the very first part of job applications for state employees we are helping to prevent applicants from being immediately screened out of a job because of a past criminal conviction.Earlier this year I worked with my Pathways from Poverty Council and Chittenden County States Attorney TJ Donovan on a pilot Driver Restoration Day that helped hundreds of Vermonters get their licenses reinstated so they can drive to work and move forward with their lives.And lastly, under the leadership of former Windsor County State’s Attorney Robert Sand, we’re working with criminal justice professionals throughout the state to develop innovative and effective sentencing practices, including the creation of DUI treatment dockets in Vermont, which increase substance abuse recovery rates, lower recidivism rates, and save on corrections and other costs.Together we’re creating a more rational criminal justice system in Vermont. And the result is a state that spends less money to lock people up and more money to provide a head start for our youngest and most promising citizens. That’s the way it should be.last_img read more

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Lawyers can break quarantine to attend court, says Bar Council

first_img*The Law Society is keeping the coronavirus situation under review and monitoring the advice it receives from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Health England. Please see the Gazette’s dedicated coronavirus page here >> Find advice and updates here.center_img Lawyers coming back from holiday can break quarantine to attend court and tribunal hearings in-person, according to an announcement by the Bar Council.In an email seen by the Gazette, chair of the Bar Council Amanda Pinto QC told members that ‘after significant lobbying’ the Department for Transport has confirmed that barristers returning from non-exempt countries – and who, therefore, have to self-isolate for 14 days – can break quarantine to attend a court or tribunal hearing. They then have to continue to self-isolate for the remainder of the 14-day period.The exemption applies to anyone who needs to participate in a hearing – including clients – and does not require any additional paperwork, Pinto said.‘This accommodation follows our ongoing pressure on the government to value the functioning of the justice system and the daily work of the bar through Covid-19. It’s good to know we are now in league with Formula 1 mechanics and astronauts.’France, Aruba, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands and Turks and Caicos Islands were removed from England’s ‘travel corridor’ list at 4am on Saturday. last_img read more

St Catherine showdown – Troubled Portmore, Dunbeholden clash in parish derby

first_imgIt has not been happy times for football fans in the parish of St Catherine since the start of the 2019-2020 Red Stripe Premier League season, but the die-hards and others will be hoping that the old capital will come alive and that the Prison Oval will rock.In action today will be the defending champions, Portmore United, hosting the people’s champions, Dunbeholden, who, last season, refused to die and willed themselves out of the relegation zone. That positivity has not carried over into this season for Dunbeholden, who, like Portmore United, are winless and pointless so far this season.Together, they have conceded nine goals – four for Dunholden and five for Portmore – and scored one goal between them, with Dunbeholden accounting for it. Despite the gloomy situation, positivity flows from Portmore United captain Rosario Harriot.“We will get everything rolling soon. We have a good squad capable of getting the results we need, and what is absent now is just the chemistry and the understanding of playing together, and that will come soon,” said the club stalwart, who also spent some time at Harbour View.The struggles of his team, Harriot explained, are partially due to the departure of key players and the arrival of new ones. KEY PLAYERS OUT “Maybe it could be down to some key players being missing and some new players coming in, so it is just that the chemistry has not come as yet,” explained Harriot, making reference to the departure of Ricardo Morris and Jovan East, who scored the bulk of their goals.Also making exits were Damono Soloman, who started in central defence as well as Chavany Willis and Damion Williams, who played key roles in midfield.“This is a derby game, an important one for us, which can give us a kick start to our season. For us, it is an opportunity to put points on the table,” Harriot declared.If Portmore United are to get the points from this game, they will require goals. The recently acquired Cory Burke and Rondee Smith will lead their charge.Dunbeholden’s Michael Cohen sees the game as a massive one for his charges.“It is a very big, big game. We have never beaten Portmore in a competitive fixture. They are the defending champions, who are without points, and we are without points as well, so this is really a big one,” Cohen said. The previous results, Cohen said, are not indicators of their quality or ability.“We just need to make less mistakes and put the ball in the back of the net. We have been making some costly errors, and we are trying to eliminate them. We are creating chances, too, and need to put them away,” Cohen said of what it would take to get the better of their more storied parishioners.One major strength of his group, Cohen said, is their team play. Individuality and individual play are not part of their operation he said.“We do not rely on one or two players. We are a team, and that is our strength. Individuality does not work for us.“The players are very motivated because Potmore beat us three times last season and we had the better of the play then. They are using it as a motivator,” Cohen said, adding that former Portmore players Eric Edwards, Keemo Gayle, Shaquille Dyer, Andre Dyce, and Saneke Burton are even more eager to get one over their former team.At the Wembley Centre, the newly promoted Molynes United will seek to get the better of fellow promoted team Vere United in a bid to maintain their stay at the top of the table. Mount Pleasant are expected to record their first win of the season when they host the sliding Tivoli Gardens.Cavalier will be aiming to put their Monday night whipping behind them when they entertain Humble Lion, while Waterhouse FC will take on Harbour View in a battle of two of the three unbeaten teams at the Waterhouse Stadium.Today’s Games:5:00pm Cavalier FC vs Humble Lion FC @ Stadium East4:00pm Mount Pleasant FA vs Tivoli Gardens FC @ Drax Hall Sports Complex3:30pm Portmore United FC vs Dunbeholden FC @ Prison Oval3:30pm Vere United FC vs Molynes United FC @ Wembley Centre of Excellence7:00pm Waterhouse FC vs Harbour View FC @ Waterhouse Stadium StandingsStandings in the National Premier League (Tabulated under Teams, P-Play, W-Win, D-Draw, L-Lose, GF-Goals For, GA-Goals Against, GD – Goal Difference and O Pts-Overall PointsPOINTS STANDINGTeams P W D L GF GA GD Pts Molynes FC 2 2 0 0 6 2 4 6H.View 2 2 0 0 5 1 4 6 Waterhouse 2 2 0 0 3 0 3 6 H. Lion 2 1 1 0 4 2 2 4 UWIFC 2 1 0 1 6 3 3 3 Vere United 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 3 Cavalier 2 1 0 1 3 4 -1 3Arnett 2 1 0 1 2 3 -1 3Mt. Pleasant 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 01Dunbeholden 2 0 0 2 1 4 -3 0Portmore 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0 Tivoli 2 0 0 2 0 5 -5 0 Tomorrow’s game:8:30pm Arnett Gardens FC vs UWI FC @ Anthony Spaulding Sports Complexlast_img read more